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RQ receives Employer of Choice recognition

1 September 2023

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Racing Queensland has been selected as an Employer of Choice at the 2023 Australian Business Awards.

For the past two decades, the Australian Business Awards honour organisations who demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement.

With less than 65 organisations acknowledged as an Employer of Choice nationally, the Award recognises the progress RQ has made in recent years including:

  • Employee engagement increasing from 69% to 80% which places RQ in the top 10% of the national benchmark;
  • RQ is the only Principal Racing Authority in Australia to have a Reconciliation Action Plan published by Reconciliation Australia;
  • RQ became a member organisation of Pride in Sport, making an important commitment to a more inclusive racing industry that welcomes and supports people with diverse sexualities and genders; and
  • RQ entered into or enhanced a number of important community partnerships including the Royal Flying Doctor Service - Queensland Section (RFDS), the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Shoreline.

Among the Queensland-based organisations to obtain Employer of Choice recognition this year included the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Bolton Clarke and RSL Queensland.

RQ CEO Jason Scott said the Award was testament to his staff’s dedication to connecting Queenslanders through great racing, events and the love of our animals.

“The Queensland racing industry is one of the state’s most significant employers with more than 15,500 FTE,” Mr Scott said.

“But Racing Queensland itself possesses just over 100 employees, overseeing an industry that now generates more than $2.2 billion to the state’s economy each year.

“As custodians of our industry, it’s important that we continue to strive to make it better each and every day, increasing returns to participants, enabling our clubs and delivering catalytic infrastructure.

“Employer of Choice recognition is a small but significant milestone to advancing the organisation’s strategic priorities.’’

Click here to see a full list of Employer of Choice organisations from the 2023 Australian Business Awards.